Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Apple's HomePod seems to be destroying wood furniture

Enlarge ImageWait has that stool been oiled?                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET Enlarge ImageWait has that stool been oiled? Andrew Hoyle CNET
Mike Hodges | 16 February, 2018, 02:51

Apple says they might disappear on their own "after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface".

The takeaway here is that if you're going to purchase a high-end connected speaker, all the major options on the market are pretty darn good.

KitGuru Says: Unfortunately, as decorative as smart speakers can be, it's wise to be tired on how you will display it in your home so as to avoid destroying furniture. Apple continued by suggesting that if the white rings don't go away, users can clean the table with "the manufacturer's suggested oiling method".

"It wasn't the end of the world for us".

No white rings formed when the Pocket-Lint reviewer placed the HomePod on a non-Danish wood treated version of the same woodtop and a "regular lacquered desk".

"Most others devices that I test have small feet that raise them off the counter ever so slightly to cause an air flow", commented Mr Miles.

I'm not saying you should buy this - in fact, you probably shouldn't - but it's there if you want it.

We'll update this article with additional details shortly. On second thought, we Googled "extra large coasters" and found some big enough, so there you go. But Apple is also right that it's not the only product to use a silicone base that can damage surfaces, as Tom's Guide discovered.

Why? If it's bumpy or rigid, it might affect your HomePod and stop it from properly working. This is quite unfortunate especially since the HomePods are not meant to be kept on soft surfaces.

Apple has responded to this controversy by publishing a support page with some suggested tips.

This question and many others stump Siri on the HomePod, who isn't as useful as Siri on the iPhone. Add on the £13 shipping fee for those who don't live near an Apple Store, and you get a fix bill that's nearly as much as the £319 price for a brand-new HomePod. Rubber feet, which are ubiquitous on most decent speakers sold in the last three decades, are safe to use on any surface you'll find in the home, and don't leech oil into any kind of material.

The fancy white HomePod, leaves not-so-fancy stains on your wooden furniture. You just need to bring a government-issued ID and confirmation of the order number. Have you suffered from #ringgate?

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